Space Ops

index of sculptures 1988 to 2024

Space Ops (McMurdo)

Bas-relief in salvaged wood #43, 115 x 85 x 12cm.
Collection of ABN-AMRO bank, Netherlands.

The Joint Space Operations Center (JSOC) opened in the McMurdo Antarctic station in January 2005. The building’s purpose is to unite the station’s computer and telephone systems into one dedicated hub. It houses the station’s computer data center and telephone network. NASA uses it to track polar-orbiting scientific satellites and to operate weather satellite equipment for the U.S. Air Force. This type of computer data center generates so much heat that the building needs to be cooled down despite its Arctic location.
(source: The Antarctic Sun)

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